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U.S. Foodservice-Austin Begins Construction on $50-Million Expansion in Buda

 Texas Business reports:  BUDA—U.S. Foodservice-Austin broke ground today on a new 290,000-square-foot, $50-million food distribution facility for its south central Texas market.

Construction on the new center at Turnersville Road and Hays County Road 118 is expected to be completed by October 2011. The sale of the 40-acre site was finalized earlier this month.

“We are proud to be a part of this terrific community,” said U.S. Foodservice-Austin Division President John Fowler in a prepared statement. “Today's event represents the opportunity to offer a wider range of products to our customers, increase our workforce and operate from a more efficient, state-of-the-art building.”

Fowler led the expansion planning effort for the past three years.

Officials project the current workforce of about 250 will increase to more than 400 over the next decade.

The new facility will serve 2,800 U.S. Foodservice-Austin customers.  

Road improvements around the site will soon be under way, funded initially through a Texas Capital Fund grant and Hays County funds.  Monies are projected to be recouped over 20 years of U.S. Foodservice tax revenues.

The facility design meets the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification requirements for commercial buildings which cover a number of environmental metrics including energy consumption, water usage and air quality. Energy-efficient lighting, no-water landscaping, and better fleet management will be among the new building's environmentally-friendly features. Because of the location's close proximity to Interstate 35, delivery trucks will have better access – resulting in reduced idle time and lower carbon emissions, Fowler said.

The new location, about 20 miles south of the existing U.S. Foodservice-Austin facility, adds 100,000 additional square-feet of warehouse space to the division's current footprint. The current site, which dates back to the 1960s, is operating at 117 percent of capacity in a 184,000-square-foot facility. The new site also has space to add up to 200,000 additional square-feet to the facility.